Weddings in Italy: traditions and superstitions

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Getting married in Italy is enriched by great traditions (and some superstitions), many of which are still kept alive to this day. In the past, marriages would often be arranged by the families of the potential couple or even through the use of an official matchmaker, with engagements being based more on agreements than romance. Today […]

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The Art of Shopping in Florence – Artisan Crafts

Florence has a rich history in artisan crafts. Besides offering great things to buy in Florence, stepping into the stores where artisans still ply their ancient trades is like stepping back in time – way back in time. Considering that the first craft guilds were established in the 12th century, these traditions would have been […]

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New Year in Florence… in March?

A great travel tip for Italy is to check if any unique festivals and events are being held during the time of your visit. For example, March 25 is the day of the Annunciation. It is also the Florence New Year’s Day. Well, at least it was until 1750. But being that Florentines do love a […]

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Inspired by…Michelangelo’s David

American gun maker ArmaLite has received a lot of unexpected publicity in reaction to their ad featuring Florence’s beloved Michelanglo’s David holding a rifle. The ad has caused a great stir, and not just concerning infringements on copyright protecting the famous statue. Angelo Tartuferi, director of the Accademia Gallery where David is housed, is quoted […]

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HIP TO BE (A SATOR) SQUARE – in Pompeii, Italy

Sator Square

What is a Sator Square? It is an ancient four-time palindrome* in Latin that can be read in every direction – that is, from  left-to-right, right-to-left, top-to-bottom and just to mix things a bit, even from bottom-to-top. The oldest Sator Square was found in Pompeii, Italy. Given that Pompeii was an ancient Roman city wiped out […]

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